When it comes to MLM Kool-aid, I Sipped But Didn’t Swallow
The MLM sip I took was with Primerica when it was still A.L. Williams. The basic idea of changing my whole life insurance into term life insurance and using the difference to invest in mutual funds was a no-brainer for me.
I admired the coach that came up with the idea and the way in which it made so much sense. He scratched it out on the back of team brochure at a basketball tournament.
In a view strokes of the pen he showed me how you could take money you are already spending, spend it in a different way and get better coverage for your family immediately, and if you learned it well enough to help others, you could make some extra cash, too.
Since then I’ve seen it happen with electricity bills (changing energy providers and dropping the rate, getting the same electricity for less money).
I used the knowledge, got informed, applied what I learned and saved some money. I helped family members to do the same thing and encouraged them to speak further with the guy who told me.
I think the coach made some money from those I sent to him. I know if they listened to him, they saved money and they were the wiser for it.
My experience tells me that when it comes to making a choice with a MLM travel club or MLM vacation club, it’s all about recruiting.
I don’t recruit well. That’s the death nail for a MLM success. If you can’t recruit or you don’t recruit then MLM isn’t for you.
I didn’t say I can’t recruit, I just said I don’t do it well. But, I have learned you can evaluate how you recruit and if you match the way you recruit with the way a MLM is intended to work, it is possible to get better results with a MLM company.
SOLO or NO GO
If you like going solo and just helping the people you want to help even if they don’t buy anything, then you only want to consider a MLM that uses a compensation plan built on uni-level marketing. That might sound like it’s not multi-level marketing, but believe it or not, it is MLM.
That just means you’ll only pay attention to those you personally bring into the MLM, and you can do well. You don’t have to make friends with, nor even speak to anyone your personal recruit may decide to enlist. It’s always just between you and those whom you enlisted personally. You don’t have to motivate anyone else, nor coordinate anyone else. You set your quality and the type of people you work with, and everything is fine.
HELPING OTHERS HELPS ME
If you like helping the friends of your friends, then you need to pass up uni-level and only consider binary or matrix MLM style compensation plans. Now, don’t worry. As long as you learn to ask these questions, you don’t have to understand everything about it. But, you do want to ask, “Is this a matrix or binary style of compensation?” If the answer is no, you might as well politely decline.
In a binary style, you create a team immediately. You recruit two people and you work with each one of them to recruit two people each. Meanwhile, if you recruit a third person, you must put that third person into one or the other of the teams that are being formed by either of the people you recruited. Get it, you only get two people directly connected to you, and a third person always goes to help someone you’ve already recruited. (See, a uni-level wouldn’t like this, they’d prefer to just work with the people they personally recruit and not lose any of their personal recruits to someone they are would be trying to help.)
The other thing about a binary style is that you must care equally about each of the teams formed by the two persons you enlisted. If one get bigger or more active than the other, then you have to balance the overall activity by helping the weaker side. In a binary plan, you are always rewarded for how well your weaker team does, not by how well your stronger team does. A person who values teamwork really likes this style of compensation. And, who do you know that can’t get two other people to join them in doing anything? This is a real community builder.
If you’re the type of person that likes to build a team quickly, then you want to use a binary plan. Basically, you enlist two people who each enlist two people, who in turn each enlist two people. All of a sudden you have a vast team and you can be involved with each one of them, to their benefit and to yours.
TEAMS and FRESH TEAMS
If you’re experienced in team building and you (or those you help) like to help others to get fresh starts from time to time, just to change the pace or get with a different combination of team members, then you want a stair step breakaway plan.
You build your team just like the binary plan above, but you can create additional break away teams unrelated to one another except that you are involved in both…just giving your attention to the new breakaway, one breakaway at a time. In a binary breakaway, the two sided dimension remains, you just have the breakaway align with one side or the other (usually with the strong side, so then you just keep working on strengthening the weaker side).
TEAMS but UNRELATED TEAMS
If you like to build teams, but you don’t like this binary, two sided, power balanced down to the weaker kind of thing (binary), then you want a forced matrix.
A forced matrix simply sets the limit of the size teams that you can form. You can form as many teams as you care to, but they don’t have to be related to one another like in the binary stair step breakaway plan.
A 3×5 matrix basically says you will go to the fifth level with only 3 upline people. That means you sponsor (or enlist) a person who in turn enlists a person, who enlists a person, who enlists a person. For a person on the fifth level there are only three people between you and that fifth level person.
Don’t worry about understanding it, just know that there is a limit to the teams, prior effecting compensation to you in indirect sales or recruitment.
I hope that helps you evaluate some MLM opportunities.
- Uni-level if it is one on one you prefer to maintain.
- Binary if you like an instant team and interrelatedness no matter how many you get involved
- Binary Stairstep Breakaway if you want to keep everyone interrelated, but you see the need from fresh starts sometimes.
- Forced Matrix if you like multiple, unrelated teams, put you remain responsible for each one.
There is a Better Way
Even with all that being said, you really can make better money without recruiting at all. I said I don’t recruit well. I said I could recruit. But what I am most pleased to say is, I DON’T RECRUIT.
I like that a lot. I like to help people, but I work at something so easy, so successful, I don’t have to recruit. If you want to do what I do, you’ll have to gain some knowledge you don’t currently have.
Here’s the good thing…you can get a lot of that knowledge for free right here, from my mentor Brad. He’s a seven figure earner and has the knowledge that helps others earn a million…he’s done it and does it over and over again.
You’re obviously a researcher. You’ve read this far. Take a moment to consider something that really will change your life. Listen to Brad. I did and I’ve not looked back.